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In 'The Darkroom,' A Writer Comes To Grips With Her Dad's Gender Transition

Susan Faludi says that, growing up, her father was a "domineering, hyper-masculine patriarch." In her new book, she tries to understand his past and his decision to become a woman.
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'The Battle For Home' Traces Syria's History Through Architecture

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Homs-based architect Marwa al-Sabouni, about her new book The Battle for Home, which traces Syria's past, present and possible future through the lens of architecture.
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"The Hopefuls" And Administrative Churn In D.C.

Every four to eight years, D.C. is flooded with energized staffers, fresh off a campaign win for president — or Congress — who flow into the area. We talk with author Jennifer Close and White House correspondent Kate Bennett about how politicians and their staff shape the region around us.

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Irene Pollin Reflects On Her "Unexpected" Life

Out with a self-published memoir, former Washington sports team co-owner Ireme Pollin sits down with Kojo to reflect on her "unexpected" life.

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Delia Ephron: "Siracusa"

A new novel from author and screenwriter Delia Ephron. It's a story of marriage and betrayal set in the Sicilian town of Siracusa.

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Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic new novel is They May Not Mean To, But They Do.
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Why Does Cynthia Ozick Write? 'I Simply Must,' She Says

The versatile author says that, like queens, writers are born into their profession. In her new book, Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays, she examines current and past literature.
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'Missing, Presumed' Chronicles Ups And Downs Of Dating ... And Detective Work

At the beginning of Susie Steiner's new thriller, a detective is on a date with a man whose name she can't remember. Not long after, a well-connected university student goes missing.
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LISTEN: Author David Miller On The Relationship Between Police And Young Black Men

Educational consultant and author David Miller — whose work includes Ten Rules Of Survival When Stopped By The Police — talks with WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull about the recent killings of black men by police, and the reactions in his Southeast D.C. neighborhood.

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An Opera Percussionist Traces Her Path 'From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit'

Patti Niemi has been a percussionist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1992. She speaks with Fresh Air's Sam Briger about performance anxiety, muscle memory and her memoir, Sticking it Out.

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